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Poster: cmoloney Date: Jan 26, 2011 7:39am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How Montana State Library Uploaded Batches of Digital Objects to the Internet Archive

Thank you for posting this! I'm assuming that as born digital documents are submitted or found they are uploaded to IA and linked to your MARC record as they come in?

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Poster: MSL Staff Date: Jan 27, 2011 2:07pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How Montana State Library Uploaded Batches of Digital Objects to the Internet Archive

cmoloney,

The short answer to both your questions is yes, we do get born digital objects in from state agencies. Also, we do create MARC records for monographs or add new serials to existing serial records. This can be done for single items or the items can be gathered into batches and uploaded using a process similar to the one described in forum post.

The long answer is somewhat more complicated. The items we uploaded as described in the blog post were legacy born digital state publications. Since 2007, we have contracted with the Internet Archive's Archive-It team to crawl Montana state agency websites. So most state publications are now captured and made publicly accessible this way using Archive-It's full-text search capabilities. Using an archival strategy, we only create MARC records for the domains not the items they contain. As Montana state agencies have come to understand this new way of preserving their publications for long-term public access, the submission of new born digital state publications has declined considerably. Web crawling enables us to capture many more state publications than we used to capture using traditional library methods and has enabled us to refocus our cataloging and uploading workload toward digitization of our print collection.

I will talk to our cataloger tomorrow and see if there is anything else we can add to our reply.



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Poster: cmoloney Date: Jan 27, 2011 11:30am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How Montana State Library Uploaded Batches of Digital Objects to the Internet Archive

Makes sense. Thanks!